Morgan Set to Visit

Unlike football, where recruiting is more regionally-based, college basketball recruiting scours the country - and now the world - for the best players to make their systems work. Husky Hoops has gone to the midwest in the past to recruit players like Justin Dentmon and Scott Suggs, and Washington is going back to the Show Me State to recruit 2015 forward prospect Juwan Morgan.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Morgan, from Waynesboro, Mo., and MOKAN Elite on the AAU circuit, had a strong summer and has narrowed his college choices to six - Missouri, Washington, Stanford, Creighton, Vanderbilt, and Indiana. All of them are recruiting Morgan hard, and he will visit all those schools before he decides.

His work at the Pangos camp didn’t go unnoticed by the coaches currently recruiting him. Went to Pangos. “It picked up a little bit, a little more because I did well in it,” Morgan said of the camp. It was more of a showboat kind of camp, but there was still a lot of good players out there and still playing with them made me better as a player too. I played with some of the top players, so it was good.

“I learned a lot of different positions. I was put in a lot of different spots each time because of my height and weight.”

Morgan will officially visit Indiana at the end of September, but will visit Washington first. He’s expected to land in Seattle September 11 and will stay through the 14. “I don’t know anybody personally, but I’ve been talking to players like Marquese Chriss that’s committed to them and Dejounte Murray,” Morgan said of his connection to the Huskies. “They’ve been telling me about Washington and how they speak highly of coach Romar and the rest of the staff.”

His parents are both retired military, so he understands the nature of moving and location won’t be a huge concern when figuring out his final college choice. “My Mom did 21 years and my Dad did 10,” Morgan said when asked about their service. “Home is home, you love being there but I’ve already talked to my parents and distance isn’t a factor.”

Morgan said he talks to UW Assistant Coach T.J. Otzelberger a couple times a week and Head Coach Lorenzo Romar once a week. “Most of the time when he calls me he’s checking up, seeing how I’m doing,” he said of his conversations with Coach Otz. “He’ll ask how school is doing. He’s a great person to talk to talking about life and things like that.”

And Romar? “He’s a great guy too, real calm,” Morgan added. “I can tell by talking to him on the phone.”

How do the Huskies envision using Morgan? “They said they would use me as a versatile four so I could do some things outside the key,” he said. “Pretty much every school is looking at me like that.”

We will speak with Morgan after he completes his official visit to Washington.

Juwan Morgan Profile Top Stories